Sean Carroll is a research physicist at the California Institute of Technology specialising in general relativity and cosmology. He’s written a number of well-received popular books on the subject (eg The Particle at the End of the Universe) and is certainly media savvy.
In an interesting development, he’s currently trying to raise private funding for interdisciplinary research projects in his areas of expertise.
Your contributions will support Dr. Carroll’s research as he investigates fundamental challenges in theoretical physics. Funding will allow him to bring together researchers to tackle interdisciplinary questions that are not funded by traditional funding sources, and pioneer new and risky approaches to big questions. All contributions are useful – a few thousand dollars would support graduate students, while hundreds of thousands could fund postdoctoral researchers at a crucial stage in their career.
It’ll be interesting to see if this type of approach takes off as it may lead to viable new ways of carrying out leading edge scientific research.
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